Transcription Tuesday 2021: FamilySearch

Keith Penfold, experience manager at FamilySearch, explains how you can add parish and nonconformist records to the world's biggest free family history website on Transcription Tuesday 2021

FamilySearch parish register transcription

About FamilySearch:

FamilySearch is one of the largest family history organisations in the world, providing all of its services free to the global family history community. Not only do we film and preserve records, we try to make these valuable resources easily accessible online through our volunteer indexing programme. Since FamilySearch began indexing in 2006, our wonderful volunteers have produced more than one billion searchable records. Through this selfless effort, millions of people worldwide have found information and discovered stories about their ancestors.


About the project:

This Transcription Tuesday we need your help in transcribing Church of England marriage records from Hertfordshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Surrey; parish registers from Middlesex; and nonconformist records from Essex, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Lancashire and Northumberland.

After these records are indexed, they will be reviewed and added to the FamilySearch website where they can be searched by visitors to our site. FamilySearch will also use the indexed records to generate hints to help people find records of their ancestors without even searching the collection.

Church of England parish records are straightforward to transcribe, and others like Quaker marriage records have a different format but are still easy to transcribe. On the FamilySearch Indexing pages, we provide simple project instructions and sample images to help you should you have questions. There are other help articles and handwriting helps as well.

All you need to do is log into FamilySearch or register for a free FamilySearch account. Go to the Indexing section, then Find a Project, click on Europe, then United Kingdom. The Transcription Tuesday projects have not been added yet, but will be added by Transcription Tuesday on 2 February. When you see the project you want to take part in, select it and then click on Start Indexing. Each project has simple instructions which you should review and then start indexing. It doesn’t take long to be comfortable with the process and make a lasting contribution.

If you have any problems on the day, please email or


We appreciate all the support given by volunteers in previous Transcription Tuesdays and look forward to another successful event this year.